Accelerating sustainability is a priority theme of IDS. The undeniable search for more material prosperity by more and more people undermines the sustainability of human life on our planet. The newly established Green Transformations Cluster concentrates on this dilemma and the name seeks to bring this out. We define green transformations as processes of restructuring which bring the economy within the planetary boundaries.
We prioritise two big changes:
- From fossil fuel to renewable energy
- From throw away to circular economy.
Our research on these transformations will concentrate on two questions:
- Who drives these green transformations or holds them back? How do these drivers differ between levels of development, institutional systems and stages of policy process?
- Do green transformations and social inclusion reinforce each other? Under what conditions? How can these conditions be influenced by policy?
Papers and blogs arising from these projects pay particular attention to the role of Transformative Alliances in accelerating sustainability. This Briefing Paper: From Sustainable Development to the Green Transformation shows how our work fits in the green conceptual landscape and how we see the way forward.
The work on Green Transformations is being carried out in conjunction with various Centres of IDS and the University of Sussex, notably the STEPS Centre, SPRU and the Centre for Global Political Economy. We also work in close collaboration with several centres in other countries which are named on the web pages of specific projects.
Strengthening Evidence-based Policy - The Future of Resource/Waste Management in Big Cities of India
The project explores how transformational thinking on resource management could lead to multiple scenarios in the context of emerging economies with a specific focus on India. More details
Development and Management of NAMAs in India
The overall objective of the project is that the Government of India starts using Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) as one of the mechanisms for addressing climate change mitigation. More details
Impact Evaluation of Swedfund's Poverty Impact
This project addresses the following question: Have the investments undertaken by Swedfund contributed to poverty reduction and, if so, to what extent and how? More details
Green Growth Diagnostics for Africa
This project is looking into the heart of the electricity supply crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. More details
REDD+ and Forest Taxation in sub-Saharan Africa
This research project will map the channels through which REDD+ could impact upon different forest tax systems in sub-Saharan Africa, and develop proposals to increase the probability that these impacts will be positive. More details
Political Economy of Low Carbon Investment in China and India
This project investigates whether and how coalitions of public, private and civic actors influence low carbon investment. More details
Economy-wide Implications of Agricultural Sector Scenario Projections
The aim of this project is to link the world agricultural model IMPACT housed at IFRI with the global multi-region CGE model GLOBE in order to provide quantitative analyses of the wider implications of agricultural sector scenario projections generated by IMPACT for the rest of the economy, and to enable an assessment of the aggregate welfare effects associated with changes in the agricultural sector that include economy-wide linkage effects. More details
The Impacts of Alternative Energy Policies and Energy Price Shocks on Food and Water Security
The interactions between energy and food production are becoming more important as more developing countries have started to increase energy intensity in agriculture and as energy and food prices are increasingly correlated. This project will shed light on these topics across the developing world. More details
China's Emergence as a Global Recycling Hub
This work investigates how China's rise as a global recycling hub affects other countries' prospects for moving towards a circular economy. More details
Global Power Shift and Low Carbon Transformation
Two transformations are likely to dominate the first half of the twenty-first century. One is the shift in economic power from the West (North America and Western Europe) to the East (China and the East Asian production system). The second is the transition from a high to low carbon economy. More details
Who Drives Climate Policies in the Rising Powers?
This project is concerned with the political economy analysis of climate change policies. The central question of the project is who drives/obstructs climate change policies in the rising powers, paying special attention to renewable energy policies. More details
Our work looks at the role of public-private-civic alliances as drivers of the green transformation, in particular at the role of business in such alignments. More details
Rent Management: the Heart of Green Industrial Policy
At the heart of green industrial policy is rent management: government creating and withdrawing opportunities for highly profitable investment. This project asks what the key factors are for rent management to succeed. More details
Will solar PV create a wave of toxic battery waste in rural Africa?13 Dec 2016
By Patrick Schroeder
Can circular economy practices solve Singapore’s food waste challenge?29 Nov 2016
By Patrick Schroeder
Can renewable energy help address poverty in China?07 Nov 2016
By Sam Geall, Wei Shen
China’s top political meetings and the energy ‘new normal’22 Mar 2016
By Wei Shen, Sam Geall
China’s largest wind farm plan and the politics of renewable energy08 Dec 2015
By Wei Shen, Sam Geall
Africa's biggest recycling hub?20 Nov 2015
By Hubert Schmitz
What can China teach India about dealing with waste?17 Oct 2015
By Bharati Chaturvedi, Ashish Chaturvedi
A New Deal for Energy in Africa: what is missing?23 Sep 2015
By Ana Pueyo
Why isn’t global renewable energy investment growing faster?11 Jun 2015
By Stephen Spratt
Green NGOs in China and India: surprising developments03 Jun 2015
By Ashish Chaturvedi, Hubert Schmitz